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Old 05-14-2012, 06:19 PM   #11
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You know this will turn out to be your best beer ever and you'll have to try to reproduce it.
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:16 AM   #12
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I gotta ask what was pumped through this "plumber pump" before you used it?
My friend's dad said just plain water. We cleaned it out a few times with brewery wash and sanitizer just to make sure.

I am guessing someone dropped the pump, breaking the pump head. We unscrew the dip tube to clean it after every brew. Someone must have gotten a hold of it and misplaced it.

I thought about cutting my losses and just brewing another day. But the yeast had been sitting at room temperature for a few days on the stir plate, and I did not want to risk losing the yeast. Once I started mashing, I was at the point of no return.

Fermentation started last night and picked up in the morning. This was an expensive beer, and I just hope it is drinkable.
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:19 AM   #13
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My worst brew day ever was the first time I tried brewing AG on my own.

I was doing a clone of Founder's Breakfast Stout when the screen in the mash tun got completely clogged and I couldn't fix it - so I had to dump everything back into the boil pot.

I cleaned out the screen (I should have bought a bazooka tube to begin with) and tried it again.

Clogged.

The next time through, while trying to put everything back into the mash tun, I slipped and spilled hot, sticky grain, water, pre-boil wort everywhere. All over my feet, the kitchen floor, on the cabinets, and under the refrigerator.

100% fail and 100% un-salvagable mess.

Learned many lessons since then - but everyone has a bad brew day or two under their belt.
Ouch. Did you get burned?

I seem to have some bad luck in my last couple of brews. My Marzen and Saison both had a few hiccups that were out of my control. There is nothing like a bad brew day to make you realize that things can, and will go wrong. All we can do is try to learn from our mistakes and move on.

I appreciate all the support guys. If you have any similar stories, please feel free to share.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:41 PM   #14
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Ouch. Did you get burned?
Thankfully, no. For an overweight, balding, 30-something, I'm rather spry.

I'm much less "all thumbs and left feet" now that I'm not brewing in my kitchen anymore.
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EMA: Epic Mishap Ale?
Fail Ale.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:41 PM   #16
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Fail Ale.
That's good... err. wait... bad
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:07 PM   #17
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That's good... err. wait... bad
That's hilarious! I may use this...
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Seems like every brew day I have one thing or another go wrong. I am just used to it now.

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Seems like every brew day I have one thing or another go wrong. I am just used to it now.
+1. Something always happens. Last batch I forgot my kettle screen. I've actually done a cooler mash with no manifold (luckily I had a grain bag in there). I have a pretty set routine and if I deviate from it there's no telling what might pop up.

I just try to plan what I can and mcgyver what i can't.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:58 AM   #20
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Seems like every brew day I have one thing or another go wrong. I am just used to it now.
It is to be expected. But problems just kept piling on for me that day.
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